Four Briar Cliff students to present at Spanish Undergraduate Research Conference

STORM LAKE, Iowa — Four Briar Cliff University students will present research papers on April 3 at the 5th Annual Spanish Undergraduate Research (SUR) Conference.

The conference, a collaborative effort among several higher education institutions from across the Midwest, seeks to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the Spanish-speaking world’s history, cultures, and perspectives, and to provide Spanish undergraduate students with a venue where they can disseminate research in a language other than English. Student presenters from Briar Cliff include:

  • Emily Janda (Omaha, Neb.), presenting “El Revolucionario Protagonismo de Gertrudis en Como Agua para Chocolate” (The revolutionary protagonism of Gertrudis in “Like Water For Chocolate”)
  • Rosa Escobar (San Salvador, El Salvador), “Protagonismo del Feminismo en Cuatro Filmes Latinoamericanos: Arráncame la Vida, Como Agua para Chocolate, María llena eres de Gracia y No” (Protagonism of Feminism in Four Latin American Films: “Tear This Heart Out,” “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Maria Full of Grace” and “No”)
  • Griselda Oliveros (Sioux City, Iowa), presenting “Contrastes Educativos de los Trabajadores Sociales en EE.UU. y México” (Educational Contrasts of Social Workers in the USA and Mexico)
  • Eduardo Valencia (Quito, Ecuador), presenting “Macondo, la Irrealidad que Existe” (Macondo, the Unreality That Exists)

The Spanish Undergraduate Research Conference is a collaborative effort among the Spanish programs at Briar Cliff, Buena Vista, South Dakota State, the University of South Dakota, Minnesota State and the University of Minnesota, among others.

This year’s conference, which will be held at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, is titled: “Voyages of Discovery, Treasures of Knowledge: Building Awareness, Growing Compassion and Developing Understanding in a Culturally Diverse and Socially Dynamic World.” Keynote presenters will include Dr. Valerie Hegstrom and Dr. Dale Pratt, from Brigham Young University.

Tags: Spanish, Modern Languages, BCU, Academics